Hello Linda and all!
Sorry that it has taken me so long to write but as you may know I have been on holiday this week. More about the holiday later! Well it seems that we both have something very important in common, we are both expats! It is something very different isn’t it to live, work and study in a country that is not your native country. It can be very challenging but also very rewarding. Not least rewarding of course is the opportunity to learn about another culture very closely! I can see that you have grabbed that opportunity with both hands! You seem very much at home in your new country and proud of it too! You now also have the benefit of knowing at least three languages (or more – do you know German too?). Where did you learn your English, it’s fantastic!! Well done! I have never been to Vietnam but I have been close, last year I went on holiday to Koh Chang which, as you probably know, is an island belonging to Thailand close to the border with Vietnam. I’m sure there are many differences however between Vietnam and Thai culture… I have been to Prague though not to Pilsen. Pilsen has of course played a very important role in my life!!!! (I’m wondering if any of our readers can guess why? ;)
I would be interested to hear any observations you have regarding the similarities and differences between your two cultures and especially a little about your experiences as a language student in Vietnam and Czech republic. Also as you are such a successful language learner, could you reflect a little on your method of studying. We would all be very interested to get some tips to help us improve as language learners from someone who has successfully learned two foreign languages!! For example, how do you go about remembering new words?
So as I mentioned before, we have all been on holiday in the south coast of Turkey in a beautiful place called Cirali near Olympos in the Antalya region on the Mediterranean coast. It is a truly beautiful and natural place. Though it is a popular tourist destination, it is protected from being over developed and spoiled as it has been designated as a national park. There are many special things about this place. It is abundant with fruit most notably oranges and at the moment pomegranates.
Look closely at the next photo and you will see me and Nehir swimming in the sea! Turtles come to lay there eggs on this beach too!!!
Nehir's first time flying a kite!
A lovely Turkish breakfast!
There is also something very special to see in the mountains, something that you may not be able to see anywhere else in the world and there is a very important connection with Greek mythology. It is a magical and mystical place!
Linda, I look forward to hearing your observations on the comparisons between your two cultures and about your language learning tips!
Everyone else here is some homework: find out what is special in the mountains near Cirali that you may not see anywhere else in the world and then choose 3 things that you find interesting about the place. The following link may be of help:
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